A consortium of 32 military, veterans and uniformed services organizations is taking a stand against legislation to provide military families the option of establishing education savings accounts (ESAs) to pursue alternative educational opportunities. Diverting funding from the federal Impact Aid program to fund the vouchers would harm the ability of school districts to provide a quality education to military children, according to a letter the Military Coalition sent last week to the leaders of the House Armed Services and Education and Workforce Committees.
“Military families place a high value on the quality of their children’s education. We urge you not to reduce funding to a program critical to ensuring military children receive the best possible education,” the letter concludes. H.R. 5199, introduced by Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), would allow military families to redirect a portion of their Impact Aid allocations into an account to pay for private school tuition, textbooks, tutoring, online courses and other educational expenses.